Last week I stopped by my local Lowe’s to deliver an important message.
I’m here because I’m concerned about toxic chemicals in products Lowe’s sells. As a consumer, I would like you to ban the sale of paint strippers containing deadly and dangerous chemicals.
Lowe’s was warned last February that products containing methylene chloride and N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) are too dangerous to be on their shelves. The company responded by pledging to sell a handful of alternative products but has refused to stop selling these dangerous products.
Since they received this warning at least four people have lost their lives after using paint strippers containing methylene chloride:
- Drew Wynne, 31, died while using a paint stripper containing methylene chloride that he bought at Lowe’s to strip the floor of his coffee brewing business in South Carolina.
- Kevin Hartley, 21, died after using a paint stripper containing methylene chloride to strip a bathtub for his family’s contractor business Tennessee.
- A 43-year-old man died while stripping a bathtub for a contracting business in California.
- And most recently in February, Joshua Atkins, 31, died while refinishing his BMX bike with a paint stripper containing methylene chloride at his home in Pennsylvania.
There is nothing good about Methylene Chloride. The CDC described the chemical as a “highly volatile, colorless, toxic” and said that it is “unlikely” that it can be used safely. It is known that the chemical can become toxic after one hour of use. Long-term exposure has been linked to cancer.
What you can do
In the last month, more than 100,000 people have signed petitions to Lowe’s, hundreds of people have called Lowe’s customer service, and numerous media outlets have covered the campaign. Lowe’s has not responded meaningfully yet, so that’s when consumer pressure can make a big difference.
Will you stand with Drew’s family? Tell Lowe’s to stop selling deadly paint strippers!
No family should have to lose a loved one because of deadly chemicals. Period.
Will you join me and sign the petition asking Lowe’s to stop selling deadly paint strippers?@Lowes: I just visited my local Lowe’s asking your company to stop selling deadly paint strippers. Please step up and #MindTheStore #Lowes $LOW Click To Tweet
Some good news
This week The Environmental Protection Agency announced that they’re moving forward on a rule regulating these paint stripping chemicals that have been blamed for dozens of deaths from people who inhaled the toxic fumes from the chemical. This is a great step in the right direction but we need Lowe’s to stop selling these products now.
Please join me in calling on Lowe’s to stop selling dangerous paint strippers!